Series: Kingdom #2
Published by Independent on October 28, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy
So I haven’t completely fallen in love with the Kingdom books by Marie Hall, like I have everything else I’ve read by her. However, I believe these earlier ones were some of her first published books and I really think she’s grown as an author. That being said, Gerard’s Beauty was a fun take on the Beauty and the Beast story – once I stopped rolling my eyes I got caught up in the romance and had a blast.
A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain...
Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ‘Bleeding Heart’ nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring.
Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he’s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ‘Off with his head’. Maybe, messing around with the King’s daughter hadn’t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he’s willing or not.
From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he’s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even… horror of all horrors… love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways?
First with eye rolling bits – I had two BIG problems. First off, and this is the biggest issue – there is NO SCENARIO where I believe that any intelligent woman would bring a man that appears to be homeless, fresh from a bar fight and has camped outside her place of work to her home. I don’t care how gorgeous he is, she wouldn’t do it. Would she, if kind hearted, do what she could to get him help? Absolutely! But put herself at risk in the process? No. I just can’t believe it.
My other biggish complaint – why would Danika (the fairy godmother) drop Gerard outside the library without money, ID… Some way of integrating into earth society? Because, as I’ve just said above, under no circumstances would a girl take him home the way Danika left him. She sent him in with no hope. Good thing this is a fairy tale or he’d have been screwed!
That being said, once I was willing to suspend reality a bit, I had a blast with this. I just love the way Marie Hall crafts characters – I always get so close and attached to them – and Gerard’s Beauty was no exception. A neat surprise was that the sexiness was at an all time low for Marie Hall – it was there in lots of ways, but not in the way I’m used to, which was cool. I can’t explain more without spoilers, but it really gave a neat dimension to their relationship.
I enjoy these quick fairytale romances and I’m looking forward to reading the next one as part of my August #2015HW.Note: As you can probably guess from this last comment, I read and wrote this review last summer. I never did get to book 3…hope to someday soonish.
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